• The Raptor bakkie has a starting price of R910 200.
• The bakkie will be used for race route plotting and marking by SACCS champion and route director Evan Hutchison.
• Rounds 4 and 5 of the SACCS championship, take place in the Free State, on 1 and 2 October 2021.
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The Ford Ranger Raptor bakkie will be used as the official route vehicle for the second half of the 2021 SA Cross Country Series.
While the original Raptor is already formidable in stock trim, the route vehicle has been fitted with components like Position Sensitive Damping shock absorbers manufactured by FOX, bigger front and rear brakes, as well as improvements to its high-strength low-alloy steel chassis.
The robust 2.0-litre Bi-Turbo diesel engine good for 157kW and 500Nm remains the power unit, and its 10-speed automatic transmission has also been improved to hold gears longer and downshift more aggressively.
For a race of this magnitude to take place, thorough planning is vital. Plotting the race routes and marking will be multiple SACCS champion and route director Evan Hutchison.
Once matters with the local farmers and authorities are sorted, the GPS and routine markings are next on the agenda. All this is to be done approximately six weeks before each race.
Hutchison says: "The Ranger Raptor is the only vehicle of its kind that is up to this challenge straight off the showroom floor, and I am really looking forward to putting it through its paces for the remainder of the 2021 season.
All mechanical aspects like ground clearance (now 283mm), front-wheel travel (increased by 32%), and overall driveability have been improved over stock.
For the 2021 season, the Ford Castrol NWM team competes in the premier FIA-class with a Ranger bakkie, powered by a 3.5-litre twin-turbocharged EcoBoost V6 petrol engine.
In case you're wondering, Rounds 4 and 5 of the SACCS championship will take place in the Free State on 1 and 2 October 2021.